Same-sex marriage ban could be ruled on soon - WNEM TV 5

Same-sex marriage ban could be ruled on soon

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A federal judge is weighing the option to overturn the 2004 same-sex marriage ban in Michigan after hearing testimony that covered everything from religion to same-sex parenting.

Even though the ruling hasn't been made yet, one local county is already preparing for the verdict, saying the decision could be cause for concern.

"A lot of people are anxious for this day to come," says Genesee County Clerk John Gleason.

Gleason says he could see not only lines of excited couples, but protesters as well. He's hoping to  beef up security at the courthouse as a precaution.

The judge would still have to lift the ban, and then it depends how many people actually show up. But the county clerk just wants to be prepared.

Gleason says when he brought his ideas to the commissioners, they brushed off the request.

TV5 acquired the response emailed to Gleason by Genesee County Controller, Keith Francis.

The response read: If something does happen, we'll just take care of it at that time.

Some courthouse deputies TV5 spoke with said if the day comes, some extra security would set their minds at ease.

The Genesee County Clerk says he doesn't want to cause a big stir with extra police. He just wants to make sure proper precautions are taken.

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